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Leading Silks

Leslie Blohm QC - St John's ChambersHis unflappable manner reassures both solicitor and client and his delivery in Court is always considered, measured and compelling.
Hugh Sims QC - Guildhall ChambersA very impressive advocate whether in court or during negotiations.

Leading Juniors

Ross Fentem - Enterprise ChambersProvides quick and accurate advice, always taking a commercial approach to cases.
William Hopkin - Magdalen ChambersExceptionally skilled at identifying the crux of an issue, finding a sensible and pragmatic resolution to cases.
Christopher Jones - St John's ChambersAn extremely accomplished advocate who is robust and straight-talking with his advice.
Neil Levy - Enterprise ChambersA true expert on banking matters who is very user friendly and a true extension of a team.
Charlie Newington-Bridges - St John's ChambersCommercially astute, hard-working, and very responsive.
Jason Nickless - Pump Court Chambers 'Excellent manner in explaining the legal position to both Solicitor and Client. Clear and concise drafting of documentation. Great availability and will take the time to discuss and explore the matter and strategy.'
James Pearce-Smith - St John's ChambersCuts to the heart of a case and addresses the true issues, with a level of legal knowledge that instils confidence in his clients.
Stefan Ramel - Guildhall ChambersApproachable, practical and level-headed, with great attention to detail and an acute sense of strategy.
Richard Stead - St John's ChambersA consummate advocate who is able to perfectly judge the right approach and always has the ear of the court.
John Virgo - Guildhall ChambersRealistic, well respected by all parties, and has a thorough knowledge of financial services regulations.
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersQuickly grasps the key legal issues of a case, and always remains sympathetic to a client's overall commercial objectives.
Richard Ascroft - Guildhall ChambersCombines an eye for detail and a very engaging manner with excellent advocacy.
John Dickinson - St John's ChambersOne of the best barristers I know for client service – he is very reliable and gives very through, well thought out opinions. He has a fantastic eye for detail.
Natasha Dzameh - St John's ChambersNatasha is very responsive, extremely thorough, pragmatic and easy to work with as part of the team. She is an assertive and tenacious advocate.
Jay Jagasia - Guildhall Chambers ‘Diligent, hard-working, and very knowledgeable in this field.
Matthew O'Regan - St John's ChambersCombines an in-depth understanding of competition law with a hugely pragmatic and commercial approach to cases.
Nicholas Pointon - St John's ChambersHighly diligent, responsive, and reliable, with an excellent grasp of the details of a case.
Lucy Walker - Guildhall ChambersSpecialises in advisory work for clients in the financial sector.
Richard Whitehouse - 3PBCombines solid, pragmatic commercial strategy with detailed legal knowledge.

Rising Stars

John Churchill - Guildhall ChambersClear in his advice, giving assured guidance which exceeds his year of call.
Adam Griffiths - Queen Square ChambersConveys his advice in a concise and commercial manner, and can hold his own in court against counsel of significantly greater seniority.
James Hannant - Guildhall ChambersA highly effective counsel whose opinions are always clear and to the point.
Samuel Parsons - Guildhall ChambersClear and articulate in oral advocacy, presents complex information well in a digestible manner.

Commercial litigation in Regional Bar

3PB

3PB's 'commercial, pragmatic, and user-friendly' Richard Whitehouse is recommended for breach of contract claims, representing clients across a range of industry sectors. Recent work has included claims relating to negligent installation of amenities, cross-jurisdictional claims, and asset purchase agreements.

Magdalen Chambers

William Hopkin of Magdalen Chambers is instructed in a range of high-value commercial litigation work, with recent cases involving asset recovery following fraud, procurement disputes, and breach of contract.

Queen Square Chambers

Queen Square Chambers is home to rising star Adam Griffiths, who is building a commercial litigation practice that largely focuses on contractual disputes, such as his recent representation of Global Technologies Racing, in its dispute with the competitive offshore sailing team, 5 West, over the construction of a specialist racing yacht.

Guildhall Chambers

Guildhall Chambers is home to one of the premier commercial litigation teams on the western circuit, with members undertaking a wide range of high-value and complex work. Hugh Sims QC handles high-end contractual disputes and financial services litigation, and recently represented the claimant in Morley v The Royal Bank Of Scotland PLC, who sought damages from the bank in relation to properties it had lost after failing to pay a £75m loan, on multiple grounds including the tort of intimidation. Finance specialist John Virgo, who Sims QC led in the Morley case, is also highly recommended and has recently appeared in several cases, both led and unled, relating to LIBOR. The set has a strong crop of junior counsel to rely on as well, with John ChurchillSamuel Parsons, and James Hannant emerging as ones to watch in this area.

St John's Chambers

St John's Chambers remains one of the strongest commercial forces in the western circuit, with 'a good range of Barristers to cover most matters and levels of experience'. Senior counsel, such as Leslie Blohm QC, handle complex matters involving breaches of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation, and arbitration, including High Court appeals of arbitral awards. Senior junior Richard Stead is also highly recommended, with a practice that focuses primarily on construction-adjacent matters such as disputes over the installation and manufacture of industrial equipment and amenities. The set is also home to Nicholas Pointon, who has a substantial offshore practice, both as an advisor and as an advocate in parallel English law proceedings for offshore cases, with a particular focus on Jersey.

Enterprise Chambers

At Enterprise ChambersRoss Fentem is recommended for a wide range of commercial litigation instructions, including cross-border banking matters, contractual disputes and financial disputes, such as his recent work on behalf of Welsh rugby union team Scarlets in relation to the budgeting procedures and financial management of governing body Welsh Rugby. Neil Levy is another key figure within the set, and is highly focused on the banking sector, with several recent instructions on behalf of The Bank Of Scotland.